Author Archives: Karen Caffrey

About Karen Caffrey

I'm a psychotherapist in private practice in West Hartford, Connecticut. I enjoy helping people become more fulfilled and resilient, so they can lead better lives.

More On A Birth Father’s Right To Know…

(This post continues my June 9, 2915 Adoptee’s Ask column, “Does My Birth Father Have The Right To Know My Birth Mother’s Identity?” at The Door Opener Magazine Online.) So what rights does your birth father have? He certainly had … Continue reading

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Are You An Adoptee With A Question?

For several months I’ve been answering adoptee questions at Adoptee’s Ask, a weekly column at the Door Opener Magazine Online.  Adoptee’s Ask is a place for adoptees to ask the kinds of questions they may find difficult to ask, that … Continue reading

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Kung Fu (Adoptee!) Panda 3 Movie Review – Parts II, III and IV (Conclusion)

This movie is so rich with both positive (and a bit of not-so-positive) adoptee story and myth that I ended up writing a four part movie review at the Door Opener Online Magazine.  Visit the link to see the March … Continue reading

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Kung Fu (Adoptee!) Panda 3 Movie Review – Part I

(To read Part I of this post, visit Adoptees Ask at The Door Opener Magazine Online) So we have an adoptee who has been found, versus an adoptee who is searching.  This is a nod to the increase in openness … Continue reading

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Part II – How Could They Have Kept The Fact I Am Adopted From Me? How can I ever trust them, or myself, again?

(To read Part I of this post, visit Adoptees Ask at The Door Opener Magazine Online) They have a “late discovery” of this truth through other means, for example as in your case by overhearing a conversation between relatives. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Part II – “Why Doesn’t She Love Me?”

(To read Part I of this post, visit Adoptees Ask at The Door Opener Magazine Online) To become unstuck we must do the deep inner work of healing the part of ourselves who believes we were bad or that we … Continue reading

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Part II – What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You: The Beautiful Truth in Father Unknown by filmmaker David Quint

(To read Part I of this review, visit the February 15, 2016 column of Adoptees Ask at The Door Opener Magazine Online.) What we do not or cannot heal we pass on to our children. Without judging Urban’s mother, we … Continue reading

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Are You Ready To Change? Get Help From The IAmAwareNow Therapy Reminder App

Let’s face it. Although most of us know there are lots of things we could do to become healthier and happier, we aren’t always ready to make those things happen. Life intrudes. Life hijacks our awareness, or a real crisis … Continue reading

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The IAmAwareNow Therapy Reminder App Is Here! Get Help Remembering, and Implementing, Your Wellness Practices

IAmAwareNow is a therapy reminder app that sends you friendly reminders (via text, and vibrate or ring tone) of the personal wellness practices that you are trying to remember to do. Continue reading

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When Do You Tell Your Secret?

“What would you do if you discovered that the people who loved you most in the world had kept a secret from you your whole life? And you’re asked to keep the secret for them?” Thus begins my review of … Continue reading

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